Heterospilus careonotaulus Marsh

Marsh, Paul M., Wild, Alexander L. & Whitfield, James B., 2013, The Doryctinae (Braconidae) of Costa Rica: genera and species of the tribe Heterospilini, ZooKeys 347, pp. 1-474: 326-327

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Heterospilus careonotaulus Marsh

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Heterospilus careonotaulus Marsh  sp. n. Figure 218


Body size: 1.0-1.5 mm. Color: body dark brown, metasomal tergum 1 usually yellow; scape yellow without lateral brown stripe; flagellum brown, basal flagellomeres yellow, apical 3-5 flagellomeres white; wing veins including stigma brown; legs yellow. Head: vertex smooth; frons smooth; face smooth; temple in dorsal view narrow, sloping behind eye, width equal to 1/2 eye width; malar space greater than 1/4 eye height; ocell-ocular distance greater than 2.5 times diameter of lateral ocellus; 11-12 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes weakly granulate or smooth; notauli absent posteriorly, weakly present and smooth anteriorly; scutellum weakly granulate or smooth; prescutellar furrow with 1 cross carina; mesopleuron smooth; precoxal sulcus scrobiculate, shorter than mesopleuron; venter smooth; propodeum with basal median areas margined, smooth, basal median carina present, areola narrow, distinctly margined, areolar area broadly rugose, lateral areas entirely rugose. Wings: fore wing vein r slightly shorter than vein 3RSa and longer than vein r-m, vein 1cu-a interstitial with vein 1M; hind wing vein SC+R absent, vein M+CU shorter than vein 1M. Metasoma: first tergum weakly costate, often partially smooth, length greater than apical width; second tergum smooth; anterior transverse groove absent; posterior transverse groove absent; third tergum smooth; terga 4-7 smooth; ovipositor as long as metasomal terga 1 and 2 combined.

Holotype female.

Top label (white, printed) - Costa Rica, San Jose [;] Zurqui de Moravia [;] 1600m, ix.1995 [;] P. Hanson; second label (red, partially printed and hand written) - HOLOTYPE [;] Heterospilus [;] careonotaulus [;] P. Marsh. Deposited in ESUW.


2 ♀♀, same data as holotype with additional dates of IV/1989 and vi-vii 1989 (ESUW). 1 ♀, COSTA RICA, San Jose [;] P.N.BraulioCarillo [;] 9.5Km E tunnel, 1000m [;] VI/1989, col. Hanson (ESUW).


The small size, incomplete notauli, smooth metasomal tergum 1 and the white apex of the flagellum are distinctive for this species.


The specific name is from the Latin careo, meaning to be without, in reference to the incomplete or absent notauli.